1. People are really understanding and exploiting the properties of wool to make interesting things happen in feltmaking. The ruffles along the edge of this scarf are an example of this. I learned how to do this from a tutorial I purchased from Irene Rudman (Israel) of Rudman Art. The technique makes use of the fact that wool will shrink in the direction of its root. The wool in the center of the scarf was placed so that its roots were lying in the opposite direction of the fibers laid around the edge. When the center shrank, the outside edge didn't so it was "gathered" into ruffles. Very cool!
2. Another thing I learned is that really deep, wonderful textures can be created and will hold together in a felt if they are felted to a base cloth using superfine merino wool as the felt "glue". This is the first time I had used 3 mm silk chiffon (the base cloth) and 19 micron merino in this way. Vilte taught us the relief techniques using silk cloth and various fibers, including flax and silk. However in these pictures below, I am exploring the textures with cotton gauze and voile.
Above: Sample of cotton fabric flower and pleat textures.
My friend Kathe Todd-Hooker with the textured felt scarf I made her for her birthday.
The scarf in process. Notice that the flowers and other textures are face down. The base cloth and "glue wool" will be put over the top of these textures.
More another day on this learning adventure of mine.